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LOTTERY: Scratch this idea to help farms

Letter by David G. Anderson, Lakewood on Feb. 11, 2013 at 3:41 pm with No Comments »
February 12, 2013 10:06 am

House Bill 1398 suggests that horses fare better on the farm if we make hay through the lottery.

While HB 1398 begins admirably enough with an all-American emphasis on the rural lifestyle. Who isn’t for cows and kids and barnyard smells? Yet to seek a dedicated source of funding for farms via scratch tickets has more the aroma of cow-pies than apple pie, given horses in the pasture will share equal gambling profits with racehorses on the track.

Adding to recipients of lottery revenue – education, stadiums and veterans – HB 1398 would divvy up 50/50 a further slice of the gambling money pie between 4-H horses and the horse in Lane 4.

I’m betting the farm this is a bad idea, as more of nothing is still nothing.

The last lottery go-round to support soldiers returning from war to their financially struggling families netted nothing in the way of significant funds. Evidently not enough of us scratched lottery tickets, leaving the troops and their families to scratch out a sub-existence. The lottery winners, however, and the lottery administration, got theirs.

HB 1398 – the chicken, kids and cows bill – could work though, and reduce the work of the farmhands at the same time, if all us pardners prepare to pony up for the pending promo: “Chicken-scratch lotto – support your local farm.”

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